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Nightguards

About one in three people suffer from bruxism, which is the grinding or clenching of teeth. Bruxism can lead to worn or cracked teeth, jaw or facial pain, and increased tooth sensitivity. For many people with bruxism a nightguard can help.

Procedure Length

2 visits; approximately 15 minutes each.

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What to expect

A nightguard is similar to a sportsguard, but with thinner material on the front and back of the teeth for increased comfort. The material across the biting surface is thicker to help cushion the teeth and reduce damage from grinding or clenching.

Your dentist can create a custom nightguard for you. An impression is taken of your teeth and gums which is used to mold your custom nightguard from a malleable plastic. Your dentist will then fit your nightguard for you and make any adjustments to ensure it is comfortable and fits appropriately.

Using your nightguard

To wear your nightguard, place it in warm water for 60 seconds, then place it in your mouth and gently bite down. The heat will help the nightguard comfortably mold to your mouth. Be sure to rinse and clean your nightguard with a toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste after each use.

You should wear your nightguard every night to give your teeth and jaws the highest level of protection. Nightguards that have worn through should be replaced. Frequency of replacement depends on the severity of the bruxism and frequency of use.

Mouthguards (Sportsguards)

Mouthguards, also known as sportsguards, are designed to protect your teeth, tongue, lips, and check lining from injury in the event of a facial impact. Many sports require the use of mouthguards.

Procedure Length

2 visits; approximately 15 minutes each.

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What to expect

Although you can buy a mouthguard over the counter, most dentists agree that a custom-fit mouthguard will be more comfortable and will provide better protection.
Most people wear only an upper mouthguard, but your dentist may recommend a full mouthguard if you have braces or a bridge to give you better protection.

Your dentist can create a mouthguard that is customized for you. The process is simple – first, an impression is taken of your teeth and gums. That impression is used to mold your custom mouthguard from a malleable plastic (available in a variety of colors and color combinations). Your dentist will then fit your mouthguard and make any adjustments to ensure it is comfortable and fits appropriately.

Using your mouthguard

To wear your mouthguard, place it in warm water for 60 seconds, then place it in your mouth and gently bite down. The heat will help the mouthguard comfortably mold to your mouth. Be sure to rinse and clean your mouthguard with a toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste after each use.

Snoreguards

If you snore, your dentist may be able to help. Snoring is caused by vibration at the back of the throat, and a dental appliance which repositions the jaw can reduce the vibration and decrease snoring.

Procedure Length

2 visits; approximately 15 minutes each.

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What to expect

Your dentist will talk with you about your sleep habits and will determine is the snoreguard may be a good solution for you. In some cases, your dentist may recommend that you see your physician, as well.